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Ben 10: Alien Swarm
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General Information
Original broadcast November 25, 2009
Type Ben 10: Alien Force Movie
Details
Country United States
Network Cartoon Network
Credits
Written by John Turman
James Krieg
Directed by Alex Winter
Starring Ryan Kelley
Galadriel Stineman
Nathan Keyes
Alyssa Diaz
Barry Corbin
Movie Guide
Preceded by Ben 10: Race Against Time
Succeeded by Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens
Gallery

Ben 10: Alien Swarm is the second live-action film based on the Ben 10 series and the live-action adaptation of Ben 10: Alien Force. It was directed by Alex Winter and written by John Turman and Alex Krieg. Released in 2009, it also serves as a sequel to 2007's Ben 10: Race Against Time, also directed by Winter. Though it served as a television film with home release six days following the original broadcast, Alien Swarm had a limited theatrical release in Australia.

Plot

The film opens as Ben, Gwen, and Kevin are negotiating with a group of black market dealers, who are attempting to sell them alien nanotechnology. One of them reveals herself to be Elena, a childhood friend of both Ben and Gwen, as well as a Plumber's kid. Elena explains that she had set up the negotiations to lure Ben out, and explains that her father has been abducted, and that she needs their help.

Just as Ben agrees to help her, the Nanochips suddenly spring to life, controlled by a mysterious man hiding in the rafters. Kevin immediately labels it a double cross, though Elena insists that she is not responsible for that. While the dealers escape, Ben transforms into Big Chill, attempting to transform into Spidermonkey, and drives off the intruder. Elena escapes in the confusion, further justifying Kevin's suspicions. Ben, however, is not as easily convinced.

Arriving at their headquarters underneath the Bellwood auto repair shop, the trio, along with Grandpa Max, study the chips, learning that they are a hybrid of organic and technological components. Elena, having followed the trio, breaks in; Max orders her to leave, explaining that Elena's father, Victor Validus, was dishonorably discharged after stealing the original chips. Ben refuses to believe that Elena is like her father, and breaks ranks to help her.

While Max is away, Gwen and Kevin hack into the computer files relating to Victor Validus, and discover a video of Max interrogating Victor, in which Victor insists that "the Hive", the mind and intelligence behind the chips, is coming to take over the planet. Realizing that Max's anger towards Victor's betrayal may be clouding his judgment, Gwen and Kevin decide to aid Ben as well.

Meanwhile, Ben and Elena arrive at Victor's old lab. It has been cleared out by the Hive, but they have left Ship-It order slips behind. Other leftover files in the office indicate that Victor was studying and upgrading the chips, and a picture indicates that Elena is close to the person controlling them. A group of people under the control of the chips attack Ben and Elena, forcing them to retreat. They head to the Ship-It building to investigate further.

Gwen and Kevin, having reached the building first, are too late to stop the distribution of the chips. Instead, they are met by one of the Ship-It 'Cap Diamant' (head employees), who is also possessed by the chips. He directs a chip swarm to attack Gwen and Kevin, which eventually wrecks Kevin's Car after a lengthy chase. Ben, having overheard the commotion and followed them, uses Humungousaur to defeat the swarm, completely demolishing Kevin's car in the process, making Kevin mad as usual.

By the time they return to headquarters, the chips have been spread across the globe, and now reached numbers in the millions. The group deduces that there must be a queen controlling the Hive, and by destroying her, they will likely destroy the chips as well. During their search for the queen, however, one of the chips takes over Max. Pulling together, the group notices an anomaly in the chip distribution; while world population centers are all infected, the relatively remote Barren Rock, Missouri, has the highest concentration. The town is home to the central headquarters of Ship-It. With Kevin's Car out of commission, Kevin reveals that he has built a second car for Ben as a late birthday present.

Infiltrating the factory, the group discovers that the queen has infected Elena's father, whose body is being used to mass produce the chips. Ben uses the Omnitrix to transform into a new alien that he dubs "Nanomech", which was created by scanning the DNA of the chips over the course of the film. He enters Victor's brain and battles the Queen while Gwen, Kevin, and Elena fight the drones. After a grueling battle, Nanomech destroys the Queen and thus the entirety of the chips, freeing everybody from their control.

In the aftermath, Max, after personally apologizing to Victor, decides to retire and leave his position as leader to Ben, but Ben refuses to allow him to do so. The film ends as Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Elena drive home.

Nominations

Ben 10: Alien Swarm was nominated for Primetime Emmy in the recipient Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, the VES Award in the category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, and the Movie or a Special and Excellence in Production Design Award in the subject Television Movies or Mini-Series.

Noteworthy Events

Major Events

  • Ben and the gang encounter Elena, seeking for their help.
  • Ben obtains a new DNA sample (Nanomech).
  • Ben transforms into Nanomech for the first time.
  • Elena makes her first appearance.
  • Ben receives the DX Mark 10 as a late birthday present from Kevin.

Debuts

Omnitrix Alien Debuts

Minor Events

Characters

Villains

The queen
Nano chip

Aliens Used

Soundtracks

  • A Little Faster (Length 3:04)
  • Blow me Away (3:28)
  • Healer (song played on the Alien Swarm)
  • Rescue Me by Hawthorne Heights (Played on Kevin's Headphones)

Errors

  • In the beginning when Kevin discusses the nanochips with Ben, Kevin refers to the chips as "grade" 9 technology as opposed to "level" 9 technology, the common unit for measuring how advanced a piece of technology is.

Trivia

  • Alien Force's opening theme wasn't played in the movie, unlike the original series' live-action movie, and none of the transformations of the aliens that Ben turned into were shown, yet in Race Against Time, the transformations were shown.
  • In one scene at the Plumber Headquarters, several transmissions from other countries can be heard. All of them are asking for help, and they do this in the countries' languages. However, the transmission from Berlin, capital of Germany, has a distinct English accent to it.
  • Elena says the Plumbers are a secret interplanetary security force, but, in the series, the Plumbers are an intergalactic police force.

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